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Can overeating cause your stomach to burst ?


Posted on Friday, 25 November, 2011 | Comment icon 17 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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It's something that's often said at the table when someone has overeaten, but can it really happen ?

According to assistant professor of pediatrics Dr. Rachel Vreeman it can, there have been a few cases over the years of people who have eaten so much that their stomach has literally ruptured. Cases in 2003 and in 1991 detail accounts of individuals suffering from this very thing as a result of overeating. Normally the stomach can hold up to one-and-a-half litres, but some people have pushed this limit to the extreme with consumption of up to a ridiculous 12 litres of food and drink.

"A handful of reports over the years document the tales of people who literally ate themselves to death, or at least came dangerously close."

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Comment icon #8 Posted by ROGER on 25 November, 2011, 17:57
I knew a fellow from Rockford IL. who ate so much his belly button was pushed out forming a ball the size of a fist. And it was permanent. He weighed in at about 400 lbs.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Swadwa on 25 November, 2011, 18:57
With people like Adam Richmond (Man vs. Food) out there promoting such behavior and obesity on the rise, this kind of stuff may just increase.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Damian Bâthory on 26 November, 2011, 5:34
I know a homeless man here who suffered a rupture due to over eating, he was used to eat only when peoples gave him food, one day a local restaurant let him eat the food they had cooked and was'nt used at a party and he hate so much that he ruptured his stomach, i know!!..because he was due to do some work for me but he ended up in surgery at the hospital were i visited him, after this the local peoples including me made sure he had plenty to eat everyday so this would never happen again, he eats breakfast in a restaurant for free, goes to the home of some of my neighbours or at my... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Englishgent on 26 November, 2011, 5:41
That's very nice of you and you neighbours.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Robert1 on 26 November, 2011, 7:04
What a terrible way to die. Fortunately it's so rare that most people don't have to worry about it.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Damian Bâthory on 27 November, 2011, 5:44
Thanks, but i must say that i know what it is to starve, a long time ago in another country i was working for the UN when i was taken as an ostage, i was tortured both physically and mentally, They broke every fingers on my right hand and a guy one day came behind me and put a gun against my head and shot, but he shot very closely over my head, no one can imagine the effect it has on your nerves and mind. They rarely gave us anything to eat and when they did it was something that stank and you would puke over, i lost over 40 pounds and when i was released my stomach had shrank so much that i... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by VietRulerZ on 30 November, 2011, 0:16
epicmealtime is gonna know bout this!
Comment icon #15 Posted by Alienated Being on 1 December, 2011, 16:14
I take no pity on the homeless. There are many, many alternatives. being homeless is unnecessary and downright pathetic.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Cryptozological Mascot on 13 February, 2012, 19:58
Wow. What a messed up point of view, Alienated Being. I was homeless when a military injury kept me from supporting myself and there were no shelters open. Luckily, I had the fortitude to bring myself out of the depths of dispair and have since helped others in need. Compassion is obviously not high on your list.


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